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Barbara E. Hamilton

Centreville, Michigan

Feb 18, 1944 – Apr 28, 2019 (Age 75)


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Eley Funeral Homes, Inc. - Centreville Obituary

Barbara E. Hamilton, 75, Centreville, passed away in Ann Arbor on April 28, 2019.  Barb was born at home on February 18, 1944, daughter of Ira and Gladys (Oswalt) Motter.  She graduated from Centreville High School in 1961.  On September 6, 1963, she married Jerry Hamilton at the Penn Quaker Church, Cass County; he preceded her in death August 13, 2017.  Barb later attended Parsons Business School where she received a degree and went on to work as a secretary and office manager at Clifton’s Engineering for 10+ years.  After that, she partnered with the Kline family in the startup of Kline Construction and worked there as office manager for over 20 years.  After retirement, she worked as the receptionist for Keystone Place in Centreville.

Barb was a member of Corey Lake Church of the Nazarene.  She loved to play bingo and read and was very active in her grandchildren’s lives, always attending their activities and sporting events.  For many years, she helped raise money for the Booster’s Club as well as serving on Covered Bridge Day committees. She enjoyed looking at her flower gardens and freezing and canning food every year with her family, which has been a tradition over the last 30 years.  Most of all, Barb enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and family, and loved their Sunday dinners together.

She is survived by her children Charity (Ben) Nighswonger, Centreville, Amy Hamilton, Chicago, and Owen (Cara) Hamilton, Constantine; grandchildren Charles, Joseph, Sam, Zachary, Matthew, Alexander, Abigail, and Grace; siblings Karen (Norm) Carlson, Lawton, Tom (Kathy) Motter, Lawton, Bob (Bonnie) Motter, Elkhart, and Roger (Donna) Motter, Marcellus; and many close friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brothers Danny and Gerald Motter.

Relatives and friends will be received Thursday 4-7PM at Eley Funeral Home, Centreville.  Religious services will be held Friday at 11AM at the funeral home with Pastor Gary Carr officiating.  Interment will occur in Lakeside Cemetery, Colon.  Memorial contributions can be directed to the Michigan Lupus Foundation.  Online condolences can be left for the family at

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I met Barbara by delivering for Meals on Wheels, she was always very nice to me, I looked forward to see her friendliness every day. I'm so sorry to hear about her passing, I didn't know, she was wonderful person.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Barbara's family. I remember her well from our teenage years at Corey Church of the Nazarene. Her whole family was wonderful and I will always remember her Mother being very special to me. Sincere Sympathy to all her family.

So sorry to hear that Barb passed away. We graduated from high school together and I enjoyed seeing her at the alumni dinners and gatherings. Lynn and I send our sincere sympathy.

Owen I'm so sorry about your mom. My condolences to you and your family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

You were a wonderful Mother! Your children have become an asset to the world. They were a joy to teach,

Owen and Cara, Charity and Ben, Amy, I am so very sorry for your loss. Losing a mother is a very difficult thing to go through. To all the grandchildren, family and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I loved to visit Barb at her home and talk about antiques, gardening, plants, home, kids, grandkids and men. We had a few things in common. I liked her, she was funny and fun to be arround. I knew her to be a hard worker. And I loved her for loving my daughter and grandchildren....

She was and always will be my 2nd mama, love you mom. Charity,Amy,and O like my family. O youve always been like my brother im very sorry to see her go, but a blessing for heaven to have her. I love you guys.

I'm very sorry to hear this. She was a great woman.

Barbs smile and laugh were contagious. She always had much wisdom about life in general. You wanted to always listen and hear what she had to say. I will always cherish those early years and family dinners. She was a good cook!! My heart and sympathy to the family. She will be missed. May God comfort at your time of loss.